Amazon to add new SBD cargo hub

By Damian Brett

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Amazon Air has announced plans to open a new regional air hub at San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

The 660,000 sq ft facility is being built through a partnership with the airport and developer Hillwood Enterprises.

The project was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) late last year.

UPS and FedEx also have facilities at the airport, meaning it will cater for three of the largest cargo carriers in the US.

Local press reports suggest that operations could begin in the Autumn, although environmental campaigners are taking the FAA to court over the approval.

Michael Burrows, executive director of SBD International Airport, said: “We are pleased to invite Amazon Air to initiate cargo operations alongside other partners at our new cargo facility to benefit local residents and contribute to the region’s job growth and economic recovery.”

Sarah Rhoads, vice president, Amazon Global Air, added: “Our new Regional Air Hub at SBD International Airport allows us to better deliver on our commitment of fast, free shipping for our customers.

“The Regional Air Hub is being built from the ground up to fit Amazon Air’s operational needs, including the use of solar power and electric ground support equipment. We look forward to opening the facility in 2021.”

“Ever since the 1988 closure of Norton Air Force Base, our community has been looking for new ways to utilise the airport’s potential to bring good-paying jobs back to San Bernardino,” said Representative Pete Aguilar of California’s 31st Congressional District

“In these challenging times, this type of investment will make the San Bernardino International Airport an engine for future economic growth and create thousands of new jobs for our residents. I look forward to working with Amazon Air and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority to ensure this development leads to the best possible outcomes for our community.”

The e-commerce giant has announced a series of cargo hub developments over the last few years as it looks to support its rapidly growing air cargo network.

These cargo hubs include Chicago Rockford, Baltimore/Washington International, Miami,Dallas and its main hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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